Log In

Benjamin Franklin Potts

army officer , territorial governor

Benjamin Franklin Potts, American army officer, territorial governor. member Ohio Senate (Republican), 1868; member Montana Territorial Legislature, 1884.


Potts, Benjamin Franklin was born on January 29, 1836 in Carroll County, Ohio, United States. Son of James and Jane (Maple) Potts.


Educated Westminster College, 1854-1855.


Admitted to Ohio bar, 1859, and began practice law. Delegate Baltimore Democratic Convention, 1860. Commissioned captain Company F, 32d Ohio Volunteers, United States Army, 1861, lieutenant colonel, then colonel, 1862, fought at Memphis, Vicksburg, Atlanta, Savannah, brigadier general, 1865, retired, 1866.

Member Ohio Senate (Republican), 1868. Territorial governor Montana, 1870-1883, wrote Report of the Governor of Montana … to the Secretary of the Interior … 1878-1879. Under his administration, territorial debt almost paid off, legislation passed to modernize civil and criminal laws and procedures.

Member Montana Territorial Legislature, 1884.


Member Ohio Senate (Republican), 1868. Member Montana Territorial Legislature, 1884.


Married Angeline Jackson, May 28, 1861.

James Potts

Jane (Maple) Potts

Angeline Jackson